Small Kitchen Big Taste is a boutique catering company formed by Karen in 2009. In November 2013, she opened SKBT in North Haven, CT. Through healthy, delicious, made-with-love prepared foods, soup-to-nuts catering for events and lots and lots of foodie inspiration right here through the website and recipes, we want you to fall in love with food!


Owner and Chef

I've always been passionate about food, and events.  Small Kitchen Big Taste grew out of that love, and started out as a blog about food in 2009… and the adventures that go along with cooking in a teeeeny tiny kitchen! It followed my baking and cooking adventures and eventually landed us where we are today! There is nothing that gives me more joy than creating beautiful food, inspired menus, personal events, and lasting memories ... and that is our goal here at SKBT!  When I'm not in the kitchen, I'm hanging with my mini Emilia (she's three) and other half Alex, or finding ways to support, encourage, and inspire/be inspired by other badass ladybosses in and around New Haven County.

Tess Arntsen

Head Chef

Tess has a degree in culinary arts from the Culinary Institute of American in Hyde Park, NY. She is classically French trained and honed her craft in New Orleans, and then New Haven..  She loves big bold flavors and thinks food should be thoughtful, pretty, and delicious. Hopefully through food, she can create happy memories and moments. Besides cooking, Tess loves UCONN Basketball, her boxer Kemba, and New Haven. 

Bill Fitzmaurice

Prep Cook, Events Assistant, All Around MVP, Longest Standing Employee